SCi reveals new Carmageddon, Conflict titles in the works
In amongst record financials for UK publisher.
Fast-growing UK publisher SCi Games has revealed some interesting factoids in its annual financial report, including third and fourth Conflict titles, as well as a remake of the original pedestrian mowing driving classic Carmageddon.
There are no details on Carmageddon, save for its provisional 2005 release date, but we'd assume a PS2, Xbox and PC release based on its current strategy.
SCi did, however, confirm that the next title in its successful Conflict series will be based on everyone's favourite rock and roll war. Yes, it's Conflict: Vietnam, and is set for a September 2004 release on PS2, Xbox and PC (no GameCube version, tellingly). An as-yet-unconfirmed fourth Conflict game is already in development for a year after that. Any guesses? Conflict: World War I? Well, it'd make a change.
The Wandsworth-based publisher also announced it has signed Confounding Factor's Galleon for release next year (see separate story) and has delayed the multi-format release of its first fully online enabled title, Midway, to 2005. Richard Burns' Rally, meanwhile, has been moved back to the second half of next year on PS2, Xbox and PC, and is planned to be "the most accurate recreation of real life rallying seen to date". We're sure Codies has something to say about that...
Meanwhile, for those who care about the numbers game, SCi posted a record turnover of £28.5 million in the 12 months to September 30th 2003, up 61 per cent on the previous year, while pre-tax profits hit £3.5 million, up 59 per cent on the same time last year, and 40 per cent ahead of expectations.
SCi CEO Jane Cavanagh said in a statement: "[This] is further evidence of the success of our strategy of investing in high quality licences, brands and developers."